Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
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Ethiopia has accused Egypt of trying to maintain its grip over the waters of the Nile with a proposal it says would imperil a giant hydropower dam under construction on Ethiopia's Blue Nile, in a growing diplomatic spat.Egypt relies on the Nile for up to 90 percent of its fresh water, and fears the dam that is being built in Ethiopia close to the border with Sudan, will restrict already scarce supplies. After talks had stalled, Egypt submitted a proposal on Aug. 1, including conditions over filling the reservoir, that Ethiopia rejected.Ethiopia said at the start of the year that the dam should be fully operational by 2022 .
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